Tuesday 27 February 2018

In our first event for the year, the Women in Aid and Development network will discuss government relations, advocacy and public affairs.  So, how do you influence policy?  How do you work effectively with government? And, how do you ensure your organisation has a voice in the debate?

Our speakers will be confirmed very shortly. Join the Women in Development team for a fabulous conversation over wine and nibbles.

Tuesday 27 February 2018
6.00 for 6.30pm until 8.30pm
Home Kitchen & Bar at the Mantra on Russell Street
Cost: $20

Pay online when you book, or drop in and pay at the door on the night.
Special offer for unwaged attendees: $15, pay at the door only.

Speakers February 2018

Marion Stanton has been Head of Government Relations at Save the Children since March 2015.

Having grown up in Armidale, NSW, Marion graduated with a BA(Honours) from the Australian National University and initially took up a role with the Federal Department of Transport in Canberra.  An interest in politics and public policy development saw her spend five years working as an adviser to members of the Federal Parliament.  From 1993 – 1998, Marion worked on the staff of then Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, and learned a great deal particularly from her close involvement with the Premier’s Drug Advisory Council and Youth Suicide Prevention Committee.

Since leaving the world of politics to start a family, Marion has worked as a government relations adviser for a major airline; as a senior adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England and as the Head of Bruce Hall, the ANU’s oldest undergraduate residential college.  Together with former Federal Minister, Rod Kemp, she published Speaking for Australia: Parliamentary speeches that shaped the nation (Allen & Unwin, 2004).

Rachel Wallbridge Policy & Advocacy Manager at CBM Australia. Rachel has has a passion for seeking justice and advocating for the human rights of the most marginalised. This passion has seen Rachel develop more than seven years experience in the international peace and security and development sector. She joined CBM Australia in 2014 and has led the Policy and advocacy team since 2017.

Prior to CBM Australia, Rachel worked for a pan-African NGO in Ghana, undertaking a gender mainstreaming assessment of the Ghanaian Armed Forces. Rachel also worked for two years at Australian Civil-Military Centre in Canberra where she focused on building the capacity of the Australian Government to re-establish the rule of law after conflict.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Political Science) and Law from the Australian National University. She also holds a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney.

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